Joke Shop Talk and More with the Phelps Brothers


Jun 29, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

James and Oliver Phelps are featured today in the continuing series of articles from the LA Times. Today they speak to the two brothers who portray Fred and George Weasley in the series. Of interest are new comments about the beloved twins and their new joke shop that we see in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Quotage:

MG: What was your favorite experience working on “Half-Blood Prince?”

OP: That would be being a part of the Fred and
George joke shop scene. The crew built an exquisite set and there are a
lot of special effects involved to simulate the magical pops and
explosions. It’s a great scene.
JP: I really
enjoyed working with the crew. Most of my actual acting I was able to
complete in about two weeks. When I wasn’t acting I would help the crew
set up scenes and shots. I learned a lot more about direction and
filmmaking in general and that was pretty cool.

MG: Are you often confused for each other like the Weasley twins are in the movie?

OP: It’s funny that you should ask that, because we
rarely are. When we first went in for casting calls and got the part
the crew was very methodical. They said to me “You’re George’ and to
James, “You’re Fred” and I guess it stuck because no one ever really
got confused.

30 Responses to Joke Shop Talk and More with the Phelps Brothers

Avatar Imageliv-wa says: Those guys are so great. It's going to seem like the longest stretch as we are waiting for the movie [:Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: cool! nice interview!!!Avatar Imagedeadtree says: this is a great article-- but I'm biased, the Weasley twins are my favourites! It's interesting that James is into voice performance. I can't say I've ever heard of anyone just being interested in that specifically... and I actually know a lot of people who do it professionally ._oAvatar ImageKC Nox says: I cant wait to see the joke shop!!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: awesome I cant wait to see WWW.Avatar ImageLloyd says: I just hope they do WWW well in the movie.Avatar ImageErinM says: Love them both!Avatar ImageRosemunde says: The Phleps twins are just so great - they embody the book characters perfectly for me.Avatar Imageiheartpink says: Cool. i think the phelps twins are amazing as fred & george. they really understand the characters.Avatar Imagegranger_malfoy says: i love how they just seem to love to potray the characters and i think in some way they have a bit of fred n george in themAvatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: i love them SO much!!!! they are perfect for fred and george....and ferd is right....he is the hotter twinAvatar ImageRebelStickClicker says: mmMMmm... they make the /perfect/ Fred and George!!Avatar ImagemOOn-stArs-sUn says: The Phelps twins are the perfect Fred and George! At least now I know for sure who plays Fred and who plays George :) I really hope they do WW well in the movie, considering it's one of my favorite parts in the book.Avatar Imagebiiigbob says: THE PHELPS TWINS REALLY SEEM TO BE ENJOYING PORTRAYING THE WEASLEY TWINS. THEY ARE PERFECT.Avatar Imagealbuspotter27 says: Poor James. He has to die. :(Avatar Imagekiwimci says: oh Leaky when are you going to be nargle free? Is this just me? I'm finding it increasingly harder to see/comment on your fabulous news storiesAvatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: The phelps twins are amazingAvatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: lol thats awesome! i have always ad trouble trying to tell them apart, but i guess thats because the haven't been in anything else i have seen, and they are always in scenes together, and rarely adressed sperately, like its not" fred", and then james walks up, its "fred geoge!" an they both come you know?Avatar Imageravensmith says: They are by far my favorite characters in the books and the movies!Avatar Imagemegan_702 says: lol no one ever got confused with their names!! i can't wait for the joke shop scene! :)Avatar Imagesimos says: Greg and Foerge are the best!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: They have captured the characters perfectly and I doubt anyone could replace them! I am absolutely excited to see what the filmmakers have contrived for Weasley Wizarding Wheezes!Avatar ImagemOOn-stArs-sUn says: I also like how they love playing the characters!Avatar ImageDolemite says: Yeah, poor James.Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: I Love the Twins:DAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Cool stuff...Avatar Imagetreacletartftw says: I love the Phelps twins. They portray Fred and George perfectly! WWW is one of my favorite scenes of them, I can't wait to see how it turns out!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I can't wait to see them in the movie! :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i luv the Fred and George!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: COMMENT 2: correction:i luv Fred and George!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^soz i was about 2 put the weasley twins and then i changed it.

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